Worldwide, women continue to contribute to social, economic, cultural and political achievement. Tuesday, March 8 marks this year’s International Women’s Day (IWD), where people across the globe come together to celebrate, reflect, advocate, and take action on women’s issues.
Events are held in communities all around the world, with the goal of mobilizing all who care about human rights in a collective effort to reach gender equality. Throughout the next couple of days, the University of Waterloo is engaging our campus community in a number IWD themed activities, recognizing the significance of this campaign.
Kicking off the celebrations is the University of Waterloo’s 11th annual International Women’s Day Dinner, happening Friday, March 4 at Federation Hall. Hosted by the Women’s Studies Department, the Office of the President, and University Relations, close to 300 staff, faculty, and students will hear about women, environment, and sustainable development from distinguished guest speaker and one of Waterloo’s esteemed female leaders, Jean Andrey, Dean of the Faculty of Environment.
Leaders from the University will also join in regional community festivities to show our local support, including participation in the Kitchener Waterloo Chamber of Commerce International Women’s Day breakfast.
Beginning the week of March 7, the Federation of Students’ Women’s Centre, will offer several opportunities to get involved during their International Women’s Week, including a feminist poetry slam at The Bomber, a panel discussion about the intersection of sexist oppression and disability, and more.
As a leader in our community, the University of Waterloo has a role to play in shaping the future for women and girls. Channeling ongoing efforts into the UN Women’s HeForShe Impact 10x10x10 campaign, we are proud to have newly launched our first ever Faculty Seminar Series: Leadership in the Post-Secondary Environment, and establish the University of Waterloo Gender Equity Research Grants. Our work continues to break new ground for gender parity.
Occurring for over a century, IWD reminds and encourages individuals, groups, and organizations, to focus greater attention on women’s issues by mobilizing all people to do their part. Join us in helping to inspire change, and make progress happen